The first Mormon temple in South Florida is scheduled to open this spring in Davie to serve the region’s growing Mormon population.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ membership in South Florida has almost doubled in the last six years, to around 25,000, according to church officials.
All those Mormons have had to go to Orlando or farther to hold important religious ceremonies, like marriage, performed in a temple.
Tony Burns is a local church representative. He says the new temple’s architecture features South Florida’s natural environment.
“The leaves that are displayed in the glasswork, as well as the sawgrass that you see on the facade — the colors, the foliage, the Everglades, the water is all reflected in design on the temple," Burns says.
The Davie temple will be only the second in Florida and the 143rd worldwide.
The church is holding an open house at the temple from mid-March to mid-April, giving non-Mormons a rare opportunity to go inside an LDS temple.
You can read more about the new temple, and learn what the difference is between a Mormon temple and a tabernacle in this story from the Sun Sentinel.